Tuesday, 15th June 2010
North Korea Opens Up
Brazil vs North Korea
in Jo'burg Ellis Park
North Korea make only their second appearance at the World Cup
Finals, while Brazil have been an ever-present.
Although Brazil had most of the play in the first ten minutes, it was
North Korea's Jong Tae-Se who had the only shot on target; after dribbling into the
Brazilian penalty area from the right.
With five red shirts across the back, North Korea reduced Brazil's
capabilities to a few shots from distance. And with Jabulani not yet a hit with the
players, those shots were wide of the mark.
Robinho's snap-shot, in the 20th minute, was the first proper effort
from Brazil; no real problem for a goalkeeper, unless you're in an England shirt.
Then in the 27th minute, something a little more testing from Maicon;
forcing Ri Myong-Guk to punch the ball away for a corner.
Kaka finally woke up in the 35th minute with a slight jink down the
left, but two Koreans closed the door on the edge of the penalty area and the Brazilian
wasn't sharp enough to pick the lock.
So the eighth game (out 14) to go to the break without a goal, but
this one is not that bad at all.
A courageous performance from North Korea in the middle of the field;
closing it tight at the back but still prepared to send Jong Tae-Se out on a goal-hunting
Kaka went down a little too easy on the edge of the area, in the 50th
minute. Michel Bastos managed to keep the ball below the bar, but Jabulani chose to fly
wide of the target.
Brazil finally cracked the North Korea nut in the 55th minute, when
Maicon overlapped Elano on the right, ran almost to the touchline and struck the ball in
such a way - with the outside of his foot - that it seemed to swerve; low, between the
goalkeeper and the post.
Or was it a cross that slipped off Maicon's boot? Whatever, Brazil
edge themselves in front.
When Brazil score one, they often score more. And so it was. Within 17
minutes, Elano skipped onto a perfect pass from Robinho and sidefooted Brazil's second
past Ri Myong-Guk.
In the closing minutes of the game, while Robinho was firing blanks
Jong Tae-Se wasn't giving up hope of getting a goal in every game. Juan denied the
Kawasaki Frontale striker but Ji Yun-Nam made sure that at least North Korea might score
in every game.
Brazil 2 North Korea 1
1:0 Maicon (55 mins)
2:0 Elano (72 mins)
2:1 Ji Yun-Nam (89 mins)
Man of The Match:
Elano - For sending Maicon down the right for the first goal and scoring the second. North
Korea's Jong Tae-Se deserves an honourable mention.
1 Júlio César; 6 Michel Bastos, 4 Juan, 3 Lúcio, 2 Maicon; 11 Robinho, 5 Felipe Melo, 8
Gilberto Silva, 7 Elano; 9 Luis Fabiano, 10 Kaká.
1 Ri Myong-Guk; 3 Ri Jun-Il, 5 Ri Kwang-Chon, 13 Pak Chol-Jin, 2 Cha Jong-Hyok; 11 Mun
In-Guk, 4 Pak Nam-Chol, 17 An Yong-Hak, 8 Ji Yun-Nam; 9 Jong Tae-Se, 10 Hong Yong-Jo.
Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
73 Mins (Brazil) - 13 Daniel Alves on for 7 Elano
78 Mins (Brazil) - 21 Nilmar on for 10 Kaká
80 Mins (North Korea) - 6 Kim Kum-Il on for 11 Mun In-Guk
84 Mins (Brazil) - 18 Ramires on for 5 Felipe Melo
88 Mins - Ramires (Brazil)
0 Red Cards.
2010 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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